Ahh, Spring is in the air! The tourists are buzzing around downtown and the lovely smell of Bradford pear trees is wafting on the breeze….which means we’re probably in for a heavy frost or one more freak snow shower in the coming weeks. Anyway, here’s some feature stories from the past week, if you’re looking […]
“If you purport to be a newspaper, practice responsible journalism.”
This Wednesday’s inaugural Bringing it Home economic conference aims to break new ground, and so does Xpress with its community-based approach to covering the event via tweets by both journalists and attendees at the conference.
Walking down Haywood Road (or Biltmore) (or Lexington), you stop by your usual hangout. Nearly everyone there greets you by name, and the tourists in the corner booth ask about your latest jaunt up the Blue Ridge Parkway. Your waitress asks, “The usual?” as she sets your favorite Asheville-brewed IPA down on your table. This […]
After protesting the policies of North Carolina’s Republican legislators, freelance state government reporter and contributing editor for Xpress Nelda Holder was charged with second-degree trespassing. Consequently, she says she acknowledges the larger implications the arrest has for her as a journalist and her work for the Asheville-based publication.
With six awards, Xpress designers received statewide recognition recently when it came to their creative ad designs. The accolades came from the North Carolina Press Association’s 2012 Best Ad Contest.
Is it possible to get in the holiday spirit before Halloween? If you’re a kid with a crayon the answer is yes. Xpress is once again hosting a holiday art contest and we want to give you plenty of time to create your masterpiece. Art by Winter Avery
At a meeting with newspaper representatives this morning, Downtown Commission members and city of Asheville planners presented ideas for restrictions on newspaper boxes, including limiting locations, height, and how many could be grouped together. The commission hopes to test the voluntary rules over the next 45 days.
Today, an array of local media has united in a call for District Attorney Ron Moore to release the audit of missing guns, drugs and money from the Asheville Police Department evidence room. A joint statement declares that Moore’s actions in ignoring open records requests for months “are not in compliance with either state law or the practices of transparent government.”
At a sometimes tense meeting this afternoon, representatives from local publications — including Xpress — met with city staff, who broached possible restrictions on newspaper boxes in downtown Asheville. Also: A city staffer’s deletion of citizen complaints about the boxes may have violated open-records law.
(Photo by Bill Rhodes)
Last month, the City of Asheville issued a request for proposals for Community Media Development Initiatives, with the winning project(s) receiving $120,000 over a three-year period. Xpress was one of nine groups to participate in this process, and was selected earlier this week as one of the two finalists. Here is the complete text of our proposal submission.
Last week, Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene‘s office ordered the removal of 17 newspaper boxes in front of the courthouse, claiming they were unsightly. The move, according to North Carolina Press Association attorney Amanda Martin, was illegal and violates First Amendment protections on newspaper racks on public property.
The newspaper boxes after their removal. Photos by Jeff Tallman
Xpress is inviting Tweeters, photographers and videographers to join us in telling the tales of this year’s Bele Chere festival. Do so, and we’ll buy you a beer on Sunday.